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thus spoke the plant

Thus Spoke the Plant

A Remarkable Journey of Groundbreaking Scientific Discoveries and Personal Encounters with Plants
$23.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172435
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In this "phyto-biography"—a collection of stories written in partnership with a plant—research scientist Monica Gagliano reveals the dynamic role plants play in genuine first-hand accounts from her research into plant communication and cognition. By transcending the view of plants as the objects of scientific materialism, Gagliano encourages us to rethink plants as people—beings with subjectivity, consciousness, and volition, and hence having the capacity for their own perspectives and voices.

The book draws on up-close-and-personal encounters with the plants themselves, as well as plant shamans, indigenous elders, and mystics from around the world and integrates these experiences with an incredible research journey and the groundbreaking scientific discoveries that emerged from it. Gagliano has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers on how plants have a Pavlov-like response to stimuli and can learn, remember, and communicate to neighboring plants. She has pioneered the brand-new research field of plant bioacoustics, for the first time experimentally demonstrating that plants emit their own 'voices' and, moreover, detect and respond to the sounds of their environments. By demonstrating experimentally that learning is not the exclusive province of animals, Gagliano has re-ignited the discourse on plant subjectivity and ethical and legal standing. This is the story of how she made those discoveries and how the plants helped her along the way.

origins of creativity

Origins of Creativity

$22.95 CAD
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Publisher: WW Norton
Publication Date: November, 2018
ISBN: 9781631494857
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In this profound and lyrical book, one of our most celebrated biologists offers a sweeping examination of the relationship between the humanities and the sciences: what they offer to each other, how they can be united, and where they still fall short. Both endeavours, E. O. Wilson reveals, have their roots in human creativity—the defining trait of our species.

Reflecting on the deepest origins of language, storytelling, and art, Wilson demonstrates how creativity began not ten thousand years ago, as we have long assumed, but over one hundred thousand years ago in the Paleolithic age. Chronicling this evolution of creativity from primate ancestors to humans, The Origins of Creativity shows how the humanities, spurred on by the invention of language, have played a largely unexamined role in defining our species. And in doing so, Wilson explores what we can learn about human nature from a surprising range of creative endeavors—the instinct to create gardens, the use of metaphors and irony in speech, and the power of music and song.

Our achievements in science and the humanities, Wilson notes, make us uniquely advanced as a species, but also give us the potential to be supremely dangerous, most worryingly in our abuse of the planet. The humanities in particular suffer from a kind of anthropomorphism, encumbered by a belief that we are the only species among millions that seem to matter, yet Wilson optimistically reveals how researchers will have to address this parlous situation by pushing further into the realm of science, especially fields such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and anthropology.

With eloquence and humanity, Wilson calls for a transformational "Third Enlightenment," in which the blending of science and the humanities will give us a deeper understanding of the human condition and our crucial relationship with the natural world.

science and spiritual practices

Science and Spiritual Practices

Reconnecting through direct experience
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Hodder
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9781473630093
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The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier. Rupert Sheldrake here illustrates how science helps validate seven particular practices which underpin all major world religions:

  • Meditation
  • Gratitude
  • Connecting with nature
  • Relating to plants
  • Rituals
  • Singing and chanting
  • Pilgrimage and holy places.

Sheldrake summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in these practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves. For those who are religious, Science and Spiritual Practices will illuminate the evolutionary origins of their own traditions and give a new appreciation of their power. For the non-religious, this book will show how the core practices of spirituality are accessible to all, without the need to subscribe to a religious belief system.

Results [of research studies] generally show that religious and spiritual practices confer benefits that include better physical and mental health, less proneness to depression, and greater longevity.

 

The old-fashioned opposition between science and religion is a false dichotomy. Open-minded scientific studies enhance our understanding of spiritual and religious practices

 

The practices themselves are about experience, not belief… At the end of each chapter I suggest two ways in which you can gain direct experiences of these practices for yourself.

“I love this book! Few living scientists have the courage and the verve to ask the questions Rupert does, research them, and deliver answers in language all can understand. Be prepared as you read this book for an exciting and free-ranging ride, a sort of scientific pilgrimage journeying into spiritual practices and how they have benefited and can benefit humanity.—Matthew Fox, spiritual theologian and author of Original Blessing

Among Rupert Sheldrake’s other books are Science Set Free and The Sense of Being Stared At.

learning to die

Learning to Die

Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis
$19.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: University of Regina Press
Publication Date: October, 2018
ISBN: 9780889775633
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In this powerful little book, two leading intellectuals illuminate the truth about where our environmental crisis is taking us. Writing from an island on Canada's Northwest coast, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky weigh in on the death of the planet versus the death of the individual. For Zwicky, awareness and humility are the foundation of the equanimity with which Socrates faced his death: he makes a good model when facing the death of the planet, as well as facing our own immortality. Bringhurst urges readers to tune their minds to the wild. The wild has healed the world before, and it is the only thing that stands any chance of healing the world now though it is unlikely to save Homo sapiens in the process.

“Truth-filled meditations about grace in the face of mortality.” @MargaretAtwood

The project of Learning to Die is simple, but harrowing. Bringhurst and Zwicky ponder an all-but-unthinkable question: how should we live in the end times? They don’t discount our attempts to stave off environmental catastrophe. But they believe, on the evidence, that it’s too little too late. And they go on to ask, How should we face our coming fate? Can we learn, as members of a species run amok, how to perish with a modicum of responsibility and grace? … But what makes Learning to Die indispensable goes even deeper: the example it sets of unblinking courage. It opens a space for human beings to reckon with ultimate things.” —Dennis Lee, poet and editor

"Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky are two of the wisest and most learned animals living among us, poet-creatures who regularly calibrate their awareness by immersing themselves in wild nature and listening quietly for what it has to teach. As feelingful animals, they care deeply for other species, and for their fellow humans as a part of—not apart from—the many-voiced earth. In Learning to Die, they offer a kind of piercing wisdom-literature for our time, generous insight for an age of ecological calamity.” —David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous and Becoming Animal

climate: a new story

Climate: A New Story

$25.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172480
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Flipping the script on climate change, Charles Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale reimagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological destruction. His research and insight details how the quantification of the natural world leads to a lack of integration and our “fight” mentality. With an entire chapter unpacking the climate change denier’s point of view, he advocates for expanding our exclusive focus on carbon emissions to see the broader picture beyond our short-sighted and incomplete approach.

The rivers, forests, and creatures of the natural and material world are sacred and valuable in their own right, not simply for carbon credits or preventing the extinction of one species versus another. After all, when you ask someone why they first became an environmentalist, they’re likely to point to the river they played in, the ocean they visited, the wild animals they observed, or the trees they climbed when they were a kid. This refocusing away from impending catastrophe and our inevitable doom cultivates meaningful emotional and psychological connections and provides real, actionable steps to caring for the earth. Freeing ourselves from a war mentality and seeing the bigger picture of how everything from prison reform to saving the whales can contribute to our planetary ecological health, we resist reflexive postures of solution and blame and reach toward the deep place where commitment lives.

 Eisenstein takes up powerful themes of inner and outer transformation, the convergence of activism and spirituality, and the multiple crises we face as a society and as individuals. By recognizing the many aspects that play into the overall environmental crises, rather than looking for one cause or culprit, we are adopting a healthier and more workable strategy.

We must recognize that everything is interdependent, feel the hurts of the planet, and let the resulting grief open us to transformation and empathy.

What a blast of sanity! Eisenstein's corrective is a bracing piece of work, dazzlingly thought through and eloquent in its articulation. He writes from within an uncannily woke worldview, enacting a full-bodied way of thinking that discerns and feels into the complex entanglement of our lives with every facet of this breathing biosphere. This book is visionary and prophetic, achingly grounded and useful to the max.” —David Abram, author of Becoming Animal

you are the universe

You Are the Universe

Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
$20.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Harmony
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9780307889157
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Here Deepak Chopra joins forces with physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world—and the world itself.

What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges what we think we know about reality? In this brilliant and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we've reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a "human universe" radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

You Are the Universe literally means what it says—each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself:

  • What Came Before the Big Bang?
  • Why Does the Universe Fit Together So Perfectly?
  • Where Did Time Come From?
  • What Is the Universe Made Of?
  • Is the Quantum World Linked to Everyday Life?
  • Do We Live in a Conscious Universe?
  • How Did Life First Begin?

The shift into a new paradigm is happening. The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change.

What these great minds offer is a new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our higher potential.

Cosmic consciousness has the urge to build upon the old to create the new. This behavior is called evolution. Confining evolution to life on Earth is a narrow perspective. The entire cosmos exhibits evolution as a basic trait…

 

Cosmic consciousness mirrors the observer’s state of being. There is no privileged point of view, even though in the past religion claimed to have a privileged point of view while today science does the same. But each story is provided with evidence to support it. Because our state of being interacts so intimately with reality that observer, observed, and the process of observation are inseparable.

resilience

Resilience

Powerful Practices for Bouncing Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, and Even Disaster
$25.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: New World Library
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781608685363
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Resilience is the learned capacity to cope with any level of adversity, from the small annoyances of daily life to the struggles and sorrows that break our hearts. Resilience is essential for surviving and thriving in a world full of troubles and tragedies, and it is completely trainable and recoverable— when we know how. In Resilience, Linda Graham offers clear guidance to help you develop somatic, emotional, relational, and reflective intelligence — the skills you need to confidently and effectively cope.

We’ll begin at the beginning and look at how we develop the capacity for resilience in the first place—or don’t—and then what tools and techniques we can reliably use to build or recover our resilience…  to cope with anything, anything at all…

 

Because resilience is truly recoverable, I have designed this toolkit specifically as a brain-training program to help you strengthen your capacities to bounce back. You will find 130 experiential exercises that will train you—and your brain—to steady or right yourself no matter what is happening around you, to respond skillfully to the most common and the most challenging external stressors, and help you work through any negative internal messages you may be believing about your ability to cope with those stressors…

 

They are organized by the five different kinds of intelligence that are foundational to resilience: somatic, emotional, relational within ourselves, relational with others, and reflective…You can apply these processes to any level of disruption to your resilience, from barely a wobble to serious sorrows and struggles to a potentially traumatizing “too much.” Practiced regularly, they will build your resilience, strength, and wisdom, enhancing your well-being for the long haul.

“Linda Graham combines her wealth of knowledge of ancient practices and neuroscience with years of clinical work to create a masterful guide to building flexibility and stability — qualities essential to resilience. Resilience offers a rich array of practices for navigating both the ordinary and extraordinary challenges of being human.” Deb Dana, author of The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

We need skills for coming back from hard times, and that’s what this book is all about. So many of us today struggle to find emotional balance and to heal the web of our human connections in the face of increasing anxiety and disorder. This book, with its astonishingly wide range of resources, could not have come at a better time.” Ann Weiser Cornell,   author of The Power of Focusing

hidden life of trees

Hidden Life of Trees

The Illustrated Edition
$44.95 CAD
Hardcover Book
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781771643481
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In The Hidden Life of Trees, a forester's fascinating stories, supported by the latest scientific research, reveal the extraordinary world of forests and illustrate how trees communicate and care for each other. It’s a powerful reminder to slow down and tune into the language of nature. And this breathtakingly  illustrated edition brings those wonders to life.

In this international bestseller (first published in Germany) forester Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families; tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. With their newfound understanding of the delightfully complex life of trees, readers will never be able to look at a walk in the woods the same way again.

He convincingly makes the case that the forest is a social network. And it’s been around long before humans arrived.

A tree’s most important means of staying connected to other trees is a “wood wide web” of soil fungi that connects vegetation in an intimate network that allows the sharing of an enormous amount of information and goods. Scientific research aimed to understanding the astonishing abilities of this partnership between fungi and plant has only just begun.

"The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other." —Tim Flannery, from the foreword

“A paradigm-smashing chronicle of joyous entanglement that will make you acknowledge your own entanglement in the ancient and ever-new web of being.” —Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

Also by Peter Wohlleben are The Inner Life of Animals and The Weather Detective. Today he manages a forest academy and an environmentally friendly woodland in Germany, where he is working for the return of primeval forests.

radical joy for hard times

Radical Joy for Hard Times

Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth's Broken Places
$22.95 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781623172633
In stock now: 4

In a world devastated by human interaction and natural disaster—from clearcutting and fracking to extreme weather and urban sprawl—creating art, ritual, and even joy in wounded places is essential to our collective healing.

When a beloved place is decimated by physical damage, many may hit the donate button or call their politicians. But Trebbe Johnson argues that we need new methods for coping with these losses and invites readers to reconsider what constitutes “worthwhile action.” She discusses real wounded places ranging from weapons-testing grounds at Eglin Air Force Base, to Appalachian mountain tops destroyed by mining. These stories, along with tools for community engagement—ceremony, vigil, apology, and the creation of art with on-site materials—show us how we can find beauty in these places and discover new sources of meaning and community.

Trebbe Johnson, after years of leading workshops, retreats, and rites of passage programs internationally, founded an organization of the same name that has an annual Global Earth Exchange Day, where communities come together in a local place that has been wounded by toxicity, greed, or simply modern progress, to make art out of the trash and found objects there. The experience encourages acceptance for the place as it has become—“ugly” and yet beautiful in its own way. In a well-crafted narrative that includes interviews with cutting-edge thinkers and doers from around the world, she reminds us that spending time in these places, finding beauty there, discovering what they can tell us about ourselves, and making simple creative gifts for them, we can discover new sources of community and even joy.

“It’s a great vision that Trebbe Johnson is sending out into the world, and it is very much her own. The great central truth of what she is doing is the very hard lesson for all of us in our lives, and yet it is our blessing.” —W. S. Merwin, poet

“Trebbe Johnson’s idea is a revolutionary one and imperative: to look directly at loss. This manifesto is a song—not a dirge, but a symphony with all the complexity and emotion our home, the ever-creative Earth, calls forth.” —Melissa Pierson, author of The Place You Love Is Gone

kiss the ground

Kiss the Ground

How the Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body & Ultimately Save Our World
$22.00 CAD
Paperback Book
Publisher: Atria/Enliven Books
Publication Date: September, 2018
ISBN: 9781501170263
In stock now: 3

From Josh Tickell, a celebrated documentary filmmaker, comes “a fascinating, easy-to-follow blueprint for how eating in ways that nourish and regenerate the soil can not only help reverse global warming, but also bring greater vitality to our lives.” (Wolfgang Puck).

It turns out that for all our gadgetry we are still bound by the same contract as our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Soil gives food and in so doing soil gives life. Earth is our home and without the substance we call earth, we cannot survive.
 

This is why we humans will tell this same story in some form or another over and over again. It’s why we show our children how to garden and how to farm. And it’s why they show us how to eat dirt. Us and soil—it is a time-tested relationship…


The ground, otherwise known as the soil, is our home. No matter where we go, or how far we venture, or how long we live, we will always return home. And because of this, and because of the discoveries in these pages, I have great hope.

“A must read for anyone committed to healing our bodies and our Earth” (Deepak Chopra), Kiss the Ground explains an incredible truth: by changing our diets to a soil-nourishing, regenerative agriculture diet, we can reverse global warming, harvest healthy, abundant food, and eliminate the poisonous substances that are harming our children, pets, bodies, and ultimately our planet.

This richly visual look at the impact of an underappreciated but essential resource—the very ground that feeds us—features fascinating and accessible interviews with celebrity chefs, ranchers, farmers, and top scientists. Kiss the Ground teaches you how to become an agent in humanity’s single most important and time-sensitive mission: reverse climate change and effectively save the world—all through the choices you make in how and what to eat. Also a full-length documentary executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground both informs and inspires with compelling storytelling, and you-are-there explorations of our human being-with soil, plants, food, garbage, and compost—the huge mystery that makes our life possible. As someone said, “History celebrates the fields whereon we meet our death, but rarely speaks of the plowed fields whereby we live.”